OPINION: Nikki Haley at AIPAC 2017: “the days of Israel-bashing are over”

“There’s a new sheriff in town.” Nikki Haley, one-time governor of South Carolina and now U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, received standing ovation after standing ovation at the 2017 AIPAC policy conference. Every year, the pro-Israel lobby convenes an annual gathering of supporters, boasting an astonishing number of high profile policy makers from both…

Sexual Orientation to be Omitted from 2020 Census

Earlier this week, the U.S. government announced that questions about sexual orientation and gender identity will not be included on the 2020 U.S. Census or the American Community Survey. As required by Title 13 of the U.S. Code, the Census Bureau submitted a summary of the census to Congress on March 28.  Called “Subjects Planned…

White House Bars Selected Media Organizations from Entry

The usual daily press briefing didn’t happen on February 24.  Instead, an untelevised briefing of a selected few media outlets took place at the White House. It is clear CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin is working to hide her shock as she broke the news at 2:01 p.m., Friday afternoon. “We have just learned here at…

Putin Signs Law Decriminalizing Domestic Violence

A week ago, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, signed into law a contentious bill decriminalizing domestic violence between family members. No longer in the Russian criminal code, domestic violence is now treated like any other case of battery, an “administrative violation.”  Battery carries a maximum fine of 30,000 roubles ($502), community service, or a 15-day detention.…

A Rundown of Recent Protests and Riots in Paris

After similar riots earlier this month, protests in Paris got violent again over the weekend. On February 2, a black man, identified only as ‘Theo,’ aged 22, was arrested in the district of Aulnay-Sous-Bois by police.  He alleged that one of the officers sexually assaulted him with a baton during the arrest. The arrest was…